Friday, March 10, 2017

Ivy League tournament preview

This is part 32 of a 32-part series previewing every conference tournament in the country.  We'll detail what you need to keep track of in each tournament and the various stakes for each team.

The standings:
Princeton 14-0
Harvard 10-4
Yale 9-5
Penn 6-8
Columbia 5-9
Brown 4-10
Cornell 4-10
Dartmouth 4-10

Tournament format:
They sold their soul.  The top 4 teams only are headed to the Palestra.  Which means home games for Penn in the tournament!  Saturday/Sunday March 11/12 for the dates.

The matchups:
1) Princeton vs. 4) Penn
2) Harvard vs. 3) Yale

The stakes:
They sold their soul.  Oh well.  Onward.  Ivy League is RPI 20, which is down for them.  Princeton is the clear class of the league and even has RPI 52 to its name.  However, their only top 100 win is at Bucknell.  They did schedule up a bit and had a LOT of road games.  @BYU, Lehigh, VCU, Momouth, Bucknell, neutral site against Cal.  If they had cashed in a couple more of those than just Bucknell, we might be onto something.  Either way, Princeton is staring at the 13 or 14 line, depending on what happens elsewhere.

Harvard and Yale would probably be a 16 seed, maybe 15, if they won, while Penn is a PIGger.  As far as the CIT goes, Harvard and Yale are over .500 and have the resume deserving of that kind of tournament.

1 comment:

HenryMuto said...

Bad year for Ivy to start a tournament if Princeton loses. They get to play a road game to start off too.